My wife and I are thinking of purchasing
a 2005 Ferretti 880 (ferretti seems to be best for open seas?). We have a three year old and would like to spend the next year living aboard
and going wherever the urges take us because we will be tied down once she starts school
. We have zero experience with vessels beyond a ski-boat and a large party barge that we take out on the lake a few times every year. The ferretti is 28' longer than anything I've operated so we may consider a crew for our first voyage.
We are thinking of starting with a trip up the Mississippi
from Memphis, then heading down river to the gulf (good idea?). I would like any advice for a new yacht owner, especially classes
or training that is credible. If we could hire someone to teach us about our boat ON our boat, that would be great. Safety
, and communication are my main concerns before embarking on our new adventure.
I have lots more questions but I'll start with these